Dec 2007

Farewell to Lee Bank

Moira Wright took a picture of those of us gathered for BPM's last get together on December 15 at the Lee Bank Business Centre.

Open All Media exhibition

I went along, on a very wet night, to the opening of the RBSA's Open All Media exhibition which runs till December 24. The work displayed is rich and varied and includes screenprints by BPM members Cath Bowdler and Victoria Linehan. Well worth a visit and possibly picking up an affordable Christmas present if you're in the vicinity of St Paul's and the Jewellery Quarter.

BPM's on the move!

After a great deal of effort and searching for suitable rented spaces around Birmingham by Celia, Anne and Jackie (indebted to you) over the previous months, Birmingham Printmakers is on the move after losing our subsidised unit at Lee Bank.

So December will be upheaval with moving all our equipment and gear over but hopefully we should up and running again in January and looking forward to another chapter in the BPM's history!

Hockney and Turner

l went down to London on Saturday to submit prints for the Originals '08 exhibition to be held in The Mall Galleries in February - will be hoping to get one or more selected!
Whilst down there l went round the Hockney on Turner exhibition at Tate Britain which is excellent (and free!) as it highlights the JMW Turner's techniques and such details as the palette of colours he used on different sketching tours. l was intrigued by his use of blue/grey paper in combination with watercolour and other media and the effectiveness of the results (great for highlights) - l will have to have a go at a similar approach myself at some point.
Had time also to pop into the British Museum to look at the second part of the selection of prints and drawings acquired by the BM - a fascinating range on view.
The day was completed by a visit to The Royal Oak to enjoy a nice meal and a pint of Harvey's excellent Christmas Ale which was just coming on as l arrived!! Perfect end to the day!